Films and debates to
inspire a better future

Through a series of online film screenings, the Green Screen project invites you to engage with contemporary debates on the future of Europe, post-COVID recovery and making our societies more resilient and sustainable. Created by the European Greens, it will explore topics such as the climate crisis, environmental and social justice, and democracy.

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Fighting inequality through COVID 19 Recovery.

Building Green Futures Together

The COVID-19 and climate crises are deeply interlinked: both have been borne out of industrial practices that are encroaching on our planetary boundaries and the collective health and wellbeing of animals and humans.

The COVID-19 crisis has not only revealed the direct link between the human encroachment on wildlife habitats and the transmission of deadly viruses from animals to humans, but also that air pollution is enhancing the mortality rate of the virus. Moreover, we know that the consequences of climate change and the dramatic loss of biodiversity we are witnessing are responsible for other major crises which we are and will continue to face at the global level.

We need a recovery that boosts the transition towards a greener, fairer, and more resilient world for future generations. A recovery that seizes the opportunity of once-in-a-generation public investments for the green and energy transition. A recovery where Europe is a leader in the fight against climate change. Now that the EU has a Recovery Plan, how can we ensure that its funds are going where they are needed the most? And what kind of collective future(s) can we now envision, together?

As the Greens, we believe that we need a recovery through an ambitious Green Deal, quality green jobs, and investments with green conditionalities. We are working to ensure that the recovery package and its national plans will act as a driving force towards a real transition to a more resilient and sustainable economic model; ensuring that we transition to renewable energies, phase out of coal by 2030, and achieve climate-neutrality as early as 2040.

Film: 15 December at 00:00 CET – 16 December at 23:59 CET

Youth Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement

At age 15, filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker began attending environmental summits, camera in hand, wide-eyed and ready to make a difference. What began as a single journey evolved into an intimate and challenging documentary shot behind the front lines of the largely unseen and misunderstood Global Youth Climate Movement. Seen through the lens of Slater’s camera, Youth Unstoppable documents the struggles, events, and first-hand effects on the youth fighting to be heard at home and within the frustrating and complex process of UN Climate Change negotiations. From flood ravaged villages in Nepal to luxury hotels in Cancun, from the tailings ponds of the Alberta Tar Sands to the riots of Copenhagen, culminating with the intense and defining events at the 21st UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Youth Unstoppable shows us a powerful vision for the future of our planet and the young people who will lead us there.

Director: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 minutes
Access: due to distribution rights, this screening is only accessible in Europe.

Debate: 16 December at 19:30 CET

Together for Climate Action!

There is an urgency to act on climate, and we know we need to do more. Following the screening of the documentary film ‘Youth Unstoppable’, we are hosting a debate on Thursday 16 December at 19:30 CET. This month, we will reflect on how the global youth climate movement has been instrumental in bringing the climate fight to the forefront of public attention and politics. Thanks to the struggle of several generations of climate activists, those fighting for action on climate are no longer sidelined and have prominent voices in public debate. Where is the climate movement now, and how have the movement’s demands and tactics changed over time? And how will it continue to push for international solidarity and cooperation for climate action?

  • Artistic spot:
    The organisation ‘Act for Tomorrow’ painted the largest mural in the world that purifies the air in Constanta (Romania). The 2,000 square metre painting will neutralize about 140 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

By theme

Each month, the Green Screen is dedicated to a key theme to build a better future for Europe. On the third week of each month, a film screening will be made available for free on our platform for 48 hours, on Wednesday and Thursday. Then, you can follow a live debate on an issue inspired by the film, which will take place on Thursdays at 19:00 CET. You can follow it here or on our Youtube channel. You will find all the debates that already took place in this section in case you missed some!

Theme

Rebuilding our Healthcare Systems

Neoliberal recipes that rely on cutting public spending and on the functioning of markets to deliver sufficient healthcare have failed and rendered our societies even more vulnerable to health crises. We need another way.

Austerity policies that have been implemented in the last decade in the EU have led to the defunding of public services and infrastructures on which we depend. Without these sectors and services made more resilient and sustainable, we won’t be able to adequately tackle health and other future crises.

How can we start rebuilding our healthcare systems, in ways that are respectful to its workers and to the planetary boundaries? What new principles can we apply to ensure that health is seen as a common good for all EU citizens?

As the Greens, we think that healthcare and other public services must be viewed as commons that we need to protect and fund adequately. EU Member States need to guarantee universal healthcare coverage and accessibility to healthcare facilities to everyone. We are calling for the EU to make vaccines and treatments available and affordable for all. Now is the time to change the current model to one based on open science, where pharmaceutical products are not made more costly by patent licensing and non-transparent research and development costs.

Film

Burning Out

Synopsis: Over a two-year period, filmmaker Jérôme le Maire captures everyday life in the surgical department of a Parisian hospital. He paints a disconcerting picture of the imminent burnout threatening the healthcare system in 2016. A combination of heavy workloads, intense stress, low staffing levels and budget cuts has deeply undermined the atmosphere. We see doctors and nursing staff working through exhaustion. “We cram, we cram, we cram,” sighs one overworked doctor after glancing at the schedule. Meanwhile, management is pushing for even more efficiency and cost cutting.

The COVID crisis has tipped the healthcare infrastructures and staff across Europe over the edge. Healthcare workers in countries such as Belgium and France were already protesting the lack of funding before the pandemic and warning their governments of its impact. Today, we see the devastation caused by overwhelmed hospitals and overworked staff.

Director: Jérôme Le Maire
Country: France
Duration: 85'

Access: due to distribution rights, this screening is only accessible in the European Union

Debate

Invest in healthcare! Addressing vulnerabilities in European public healthcare systems

Following the screening of ‘Burning Out’, we hosted a debate on Thursday 22 July at 19:00 CEST. We explored the state of healthcare systems across Europe, and how they can be rebuilt to ensure a more resilient and sustainable Europe. We took into consideration various perspectives, including that of local and European politicians and healthcare workers. The session tackled essential topics such as the need for investing in healthcare systems, respecting health workers’ rights and viewing healthcare as a fundamental right.

We had an interesting conversation with Jérôme le Maire, director of ‘Burning Out’; Adam Rogalewski, Policy Officer for Health and Social Services, Alex Mayer Fuentes, Doctor, Internal Medicine, Hospital Taulí; Tilly Metz, Member of the European Parliament; Mar Garcia, Secretary General, European Green Party, moderated by Dr Sam Murray, Music Lecturer and EGP Amendments Committee Member.

At the end of the session, The Green Screen featured the artistic spot of Iris Serrano, where art meets healthcare though a feminist artist, who painted a mural in the delivery room of a Valencian Hospital. Art is therapeutic and transformative. In health settings, it can improve the well-being of patients. The experience of childbirth in a safe and beautiful space is empowering for women.

 


  • Artistic spot:
    Spanish illustrator Iris Serrano paints a mural at the Hospital General Universitario de Valencia, Spain

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Theme

Fighting Inequality through COVID-19 Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities within the EU and abroad. Throughout the crisis, a great transfer of wealth towards the 1% has been observed – with billionaires like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ net worth nearly doubling in 2020 and reaching $188 billion. Meanwhile, unemployment is rising, and austerity measures have weakened many sectors including the educational, healthcare, sports, hospitality, tourism and cultural sectors.

It is more necessary than ever to guarantee that inequality between different parts of Europe does not grow further with the crisis. Every employee has the right to enjoy fair working conditions, regardless of the type and duration of their contract. Through the pandemic, we have seen people reconceptualising the idea of work and its relationship with life, as well as interesting experiments with the 4-day work week and emergency basic income as well as other forms of Universal Basic Income (UBI).

How do we ensure a just recovery and work towards a truly social Europe, that cares for all people? And how do we ensure that no one is left behind in a post-Pandemic Europe?

As the Greens, we are working on ensuring that the social impacts of this crisis are reduced to a minimum.  In addition to the financial stimulus, we have been demanding that the EU and its Member States guarantee further social policies to protect their citizens, in particular younger workers, whose rights were already weakened by austerity policies and the 2008 financial crisis. We also advocate for national experiments on Universal Basic Income and call for working-time reduction schemes and a 32-hour work week to be promoted in order to redistribute work among more people.

Film

Children of Chance

In the small local school of Cheratte, a former mining town, 11-year-old students with an immigrant background are coming to the end of their primary school education with Brigitte. She is a dynamic teacher whose particular pedagogical approach aims to give these pupils a firm foundation to build on in this constantly changing world. Throughout the school year, the film follows these children. They are the grandchildren of miners who are mainly from Turkey, and also mainly Muslim. While some of their elders opt for identity closure, this film evokes the challenge awaiting these children to integrate into current society, in the face of terrorist attacks and harassment via social media.

Director: Pascal Colson and Thierry Michel
Country: Belgium
Duration: 100'
Access: Due to distribution rights regulation, this screening will exclusively be available for all the European countries.

Debate

Children deserve equal opportunities! How education can make a difference in communities

Following the screening of “Children of Chance”, we hosted a debate on Thursday 23 September at 19:00 CEST. September's Green Screen was dedicated to fighting inequalities through stronger social policies in Europe. Education is among the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic and one of the most underfunded public sectors in several countries in Europe. But education has a great potential to change communities. We discussed education as a tool of empowerment and equal opportunity for all citizens, and the difference ambitious educational programs can make in the lives of children today.

The panelists for this conversation were Anja Presnukhina, Student of Theology and Religious Studies, Helsinki, Vice Council Member of Kirkkonummi Town Council, Local Education and Culture Committee; Sebastiaan Rood, City Councillor for GroenLinks in Utrecht (the Dutch Greens), Spokesperson for Education, Sports and Buildings; Elias Verhalle, Secondary School Teacher in Merchtem (near Brussels, Belgium); Dr. Merike Darmody, Research Officer (ESRI) / Adjunct Assistant Professor (TCD); Dalibor Levíček, English Teacher, Head of Languages Department, Akademia Grammar School. Participant in the Futuropolis project and moderated by Dr Sam Murray, Music Lecturer and EGP Amendments Committee Member.

At the beginning of the debate, The Green Screen featured the artistic spot of visual artist and scenographer Pablo Ponce, who is creating a puppet theater with children in the Katwijk refugee camp located in the Netherlands.

 


  • Artistic spot:
    Visual artist and scenographer Pablo Ponce is creating a puppet theater with children in the Katwijk refugee camp located in the Netherlands.

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Theme

Bringing Back Essential Sectors and Empowering Workers

The global health crisis has shed light on the vulnerabilities of our essential sectors and supply chains. The complications of the production of PPE and crucial pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines, as well as events such as the 2021 Suez Canal obstruction, highlighted the fissures in global supply chains. This realisation has led to public debates about the need for more local production that also enables more just, sustainable, and resilient societies in Europe.

During the pandemic, many of us stood on our balconies to clap for the hospital workers doing their best to treat coronavirus patients. But essential workers in the care and social sectors need more than our applause – they need better and more support. Even before the crisis, unions and activists in countries like France or Belgium were sounding the alarm about the impact of the lack of funding in the healthcare sector. Moving towards more crisis-resilient and sustainable societies will also mean ensuring that everyone is able to live dignified lives.

How can this recovery also lead us to more fair and just societies where everyone has equality of opportunity? How can we ensure that we value and protect the essential sectors and workers that our economies and societies depend on?

As the Greens, we believe in re-localising certain essential production sectors of our economy, to prioritise internal and regional markets and to shorten supply chains. We have been demanding an improvement of working conditions and salaries, especially for health and social care workers. We are working to ensure that specific plans are put in place for the recovery of sectors heavily affected by the crisis.

Film

When Tomatoes Met Wagner

Elias, a small farming village in central Greece, is dying out. But two cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate the tomato seeds they have kept for hundreds of years. With a little help from Wagner's music -which they use to help their tomatoes grow- the team succeeds to export little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world. The film follows the protagonists of this unlikely quest, as they struggle to survive and make their dream come true. Humorous and bittersweet, this is a story about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis and the power of human relationships.

Director: Marianna Economou
Country: Greece
Duration: 72 min
Access: due to distribution rights regulation, this screening will exclusively be available for all European countries.

Debate

Food as an essential sector: How do we produce locally and fairly?

Following the screening of ‘When Tomatoes Met Wagner’, we hosted a debate on Thursday 21 October at 19:00 CEST. The month of October was dedicated to investigating the production of agricultural produce and the vulnerabilities of the supply chains that distribute it, which have been highlighted by the pandemic. The debate explored what our approach should be to the production of life-saving and essential goods, in light of the health and environmental crises we are facing.

We discussed this issue with Thomas Waitz, Co-chair, European Green Party, Geneviève Savigny, Farmer, Member of the French Farmers’ Union, Enrico Somaglia, EFFAT Deputy General Secretary, Mar Garcia, Secretary General, European Green Party, moderated by Dr Sam Murray, Music Lecturer and EGP Amendments Committee Member.

At the beginning of the event, The Green Screen featured the artistic spot of Ilan Benattar, a photographer and urban explorer, who travels around Europe to photograph its abandoned industrial spaces for his series, Lost Factories.

 


  • Artistic spot:
    The photographer and urban explorer Ilan Benattar has travelled across Europe photographing abandoned industrial spaces for his series, Lost Factories.

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Theme

Protecting Citizen Rights and Democracy

Democracy has been increasingly under threat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with authoritarian regimes growing bolder in their attacks against democracy, human rights and the freedom of speech.

Emergency measures must always be time limited, proportionate, strictly related to the health crisis and subject to regular democratic scrutiny. Freedom of movement and residence for persons in the EU must remain a cornerstone of Union citizenship. Closing borders must remain the exception and not the rule, and it should not be done in a unilateral and uncoordinated way as it was the case at the beginning of the pandemic.

How can we ensure that citizen rights and the rule of law remain enshrined and protected? In what ways can citizens engage in further democratic processes and participate in politics during periods of crisis such as pandemics?

As the Greens, we were quick to demand that parliaments, civil society organizations and citizens are returned their full democratic powers through the recovery. We believe that governments should not use the pandemic as a pretext to weaken social and labour rights. Whistle-blowers exposing wrongdoings and abuses related to the crisis must also be protected.

Film

The 8th

The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion. It shows a country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society.

The 8th includes voices from both sides of the debate, but its primary focus is on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. The film follows the veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and self-described glitter activist Andrea Horan as they chart a bold strategy of grassroots activism and engineer the near impossible. This dramatic story is underscored by a vivid exploration of the wrenching failures that led to this defining moment in Irish history.

An urgent narrative, a cautionary tale and a roadmap for progressive reforms in a modern era where authoritarianism is on the rise, The 8th shows a country forging a new progressive path at a time when reproductive rights are threatened around the world.

Director: Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, Maeve O'Boyle
Country: Ireland
Duration: 94 min
Access: due to distribution rights, this screening is only accessible in Europe

Debate

Fighting for change: Why the Rule of Law is critical to uphold democracies

Following the screening of the documentary ‘The 8th’, we hosted a debate on Thursday 18 November at 19:30 CET. Last November was dedicated to reflecting on the Rule of Law as the critical instrument that creates the framework through which our democracies happen. It is the result of the emancipatory fights of our recent history and is built through legislation that clearly defines the boundaries of what is possible or not possible. ‘The 8th’ illustrates the battle over shaping laws that rule the choices that women can make about their bodies. Questions such us how can the Rule of Law be enhanced, and how can citizens claim their rights when it is not upheld, were discussed in the event.

We were pleased to have the participation of Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of the Together for Yes campaign; Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Member of the European Parliament; Raphael Bossong, Researcher, Senior Associate, Stiftung Wissenschaft & Politik; Mina Jack Tolu, Freelance Strategic Communications Consultant. International Secretary of ADPD; Mar Garcia, Secretary General, European Green Party; moderated by Dr Sam Murray, Music Lecturer and EGP Amendments Committee Member.

During the event, the participants discovered a new artistic spot from Karol Radziszewski, a queer artist living in Warszawa (Poland). He works with film, photography, painting, and installations to create interdisciplinary projects related to LGBTQI+ rights and queer history. He is the founder of the Queer Archives Institute.

 


  • Artistic spot:
    Karol Radziszewski is a queer artist living in Warszawa (Poland). He works with film, photography, painting, and installations to create interdisciplinary projects related to LGTBIQ+ rights and queer history. He is the founder of Queer Archives Institute.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on areas in which European and global solidarity were present, but also areas in which it was sorely lacking. At the beginning of the pandemic, we saw supplies being overstocked and pirated by EU member states, whilst citizens emptied supermarket shelves.

The G7 recently committed to one billion vaccine doses to lower income countries. But it’s less than 10% of the doses needed to reign in COVID-19 worldwide. To achieve this, we’ll need 11 billion doses to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population by next year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Today, the wealthiest countries have bought enough doses to vaccinate their populations nearly 3 times over, whilst low-income countries are still struggling to vaccinate 10% of their population.

To beat the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to engage in radical acts of solidarity; both within and outside of the European Union. How could the EU show leadership in global solidarity with its recovery funds, humanitarian aid, medical support and debt relief? What is the role of citizens at the international level?

As the Greens we believe that to overcome this global emergency, and build a better future, we must work with local, national, European and global partners, and focus on involving citizens through truly participatory processes. We will continue to fight for a strong European democracy as well as to ensure that the response to this crisis is not an attempt to simply go back to business as usual, but rather a push to embrace the radical change which is now more necessary than ever. The EU must show leadership in global solidarity with its recovery funds, humanitarian aid, medical support and debt relief. It must also profoundly reform its own trade policy and review its trade agreements with other countries, with the aim of building a more resilient and sustainable trade system.
Women have been on the frontline of the pandemic as carers and health workers. They have been impacted not only by burnouts and higher rates of COVID-19 contraction in the health sector, but also by other societal shifts due to corona measures, such as the closing of schools and other activity centres. In 2021, women still don’t have equal pay for equally valuable work. And the pandemic has also worsened gender inequality in terms of inadequate wages, unpaid care work and labour in the home, and rising gender-based violence.

Women, whose competences are undervalued and therefore underpaid, are most often the workers in essential professions. Even as women deal with unequal wages for equal work, they are also most affected by the greater family and care burden, leading to even more unpaid and unrecognised work. An increase of domestic violence reports has also been reported during lockdowns.

The Recovery Plan that’s supposed to tackle the impact of COVID-19 is pouring money into male-dominated sectors. What now? How can we ensure that the gender dimension of this crisis is addressed?

As the Greens, we have been calling for EU and all the Member States ratify and effectively implement the Istanbul Convention. We also believe that the European Commission cannot delay the adoption of the Directive on gender pay gap and upgrading its provisions on parental leave. We have also been working to ensure equal pay for equally valuable work, address growing gender-based violence during the pandemic, and ensure access to reproductive health care and abortion.
The national resilience and recovery plans allow for a unique opportunity to deliver a just transition for the environmental, social, and economic sustainability the people in the EU demand. But the details of these plans and how they will be implemented will be crucial to beat the pandemic and enable a truly just and sustainable transition.

The agreement to raise 750 billion euros together as part of the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan was a triumph of unity in the EU. It will enable the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to be mitigated and allow for necessary investments in the common cause of making our societies and economies resilient for current and future generations. Its primary mechanism, the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), has been considered an unprecedented sign of solidarity among EU member states. It will make €672.5 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by member states to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.

What does recovery mean as we enter our second summer of the pandemic? And how can we ensure that it also tackles the other great challenge of our time: the climate crisis?

As the Greens, we believe that we need to ensure solidarity at the heart and at every level of the recovery. We are working to ensure that the burden to save European lives, jobs and economic systems must be shared, and that the most affected countries are adequately supported.

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    Artistic spot

    Artistic expressions often seek to enact change. Berthold Brecht once said that “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” The Green Screen features European artists whose work engages with the theme of defining a better future for all. They will be showcasing a variety of art forms, including poetry, music, painting and theatre.

    November



    Karol Radziszewski
    Visual Artist
    October



    Ilan Benattar
    Photographer
    September



    Pablo Ponce
    Visual Artist
    July



    Iris Serrano
    Illustrator
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